A Political and Literary Forum
Two new books take aim at the moral failures of meritocracy. But we can advocate for a more just society without giving up on merit.
Can Israel Be Both Jewish and Democratic?
In Thrown, Kerry Howley explores the fleeting ecstasy of a brutal sport.
A little surveillance can do us a lot of good.
William H. Simon
Most people see the benefits of empathy as too obvious to require justification.
History has shown time and again that it is not possible to dehumanize an enemy while treating their cousins, aunts, and uncles with respect.
A crosscultural reading group in Beijing.
Sure, the system worked—we avoided another Great Depression. But it worked much better for some than for others.
How efforts to increase voter turnout exacerbate inequality.
Framing surveillance as a tradeoff between privacy and security is a dead end for democracy.
A video of our conversation.
In Response to Vivian Gornick.
When narcissism was pathologized, reformers were labeled as narcissists and discontent swept under the rug. George Scialabba responds.
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William Callison, Quinn Slobodian
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